Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2020. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

The Law's the Limit: Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Local Government

September 3, 2021

CM | 1.5


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Climate change and sea-level rise fundamentally alter the risks of flooding, necessitating correlative changes in how we think about and implement planning & policy to avoid flood risk. Past is no longer prologue to the future. This presentation will begin with some of the global-scale implications of physical changes occurring today and draw out overarching legal, policy, and social implications. This will be followed by a deeper dive into specifics of planning and law, including discussion of the No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management. The presenters will conclude with lessons learned, including some tentative lessons emerging from the on-going ASFPM project of the presenters to build upon historical flooding legal resources in developing the No Adverse Impact Legal Guide.

This PIE webinar will focus on sea level rise from the perspective of local governments , the legal implications of rising seas, and how communities can adequately adapt to sea level rise.

Attendees of this webinar will: (1) Understand local government tradeoffs and perspectives with regard to sea level rise, (2) Learn about the legal liability for infrastructure. anmd (3) Be provided with information regarding the limits of the zoning and land use control actions communities can take.

Thomas K. Ruppert, Esq. is a Coastal Planning Specialist for the Florida Sea Grant at the University of Florida. Jerry Murphy, JD, AICP, CFM is a Faculty Consultant for the Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida

Meet the Presenters


Thomas K. Ruppert, Esq.

Thomas Ruppert, Esq., leads the Florida Sea Grant College Program’s Coastal Planning Program. Through this program Mr. Ruppert, a licensed attorney, works with partners to develop legal and policy analysis for local governments on planning for sea-level rise, community resilience, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities for Florida’s coastal communities. He has worked with over a dozen partners to organize and host legal workshops on coastal issues and flood insurance around the state. Mr. Ruppert is currently involved with several initiatives within Florida communities planning for sea-level rise and maintains a website of original resources at www.flseagrant.org/climatechange/coastalplanning/. Mr. Ruppert has authored and co-authored numerous legal articles and frequently serves as an invited presenter at events in Florida and in other coastal states.


Jerry Murphy, JD, AICP, CFM

Mr. Murphy is a certified floodplain manager, certified urban and regional planner, and legal scholar. His work and research focuses on land use planning and control law, community-based planning, code and regulation drafting, floodplain management, infrastructure finance and planning, community resiliency and sustainability. He holds a Juris Doctor with honors, a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture, all from the University of Florida and is a former White House Intern. Jerry is Chair of the Growth and Infrastructure Consortium, a national study group supporting innovative approaches to impact fees and other capital funding mechanisms. He currently leads the University of Florida’s Resilient Communities Initiative, reaching out to local governments through interlocal agreements to assemble teams of expert faculty, researchers, and students to craft planning solutions to the myriad of challenges facing local governments in the 21st Century.

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Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood (April 15, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • USACE Inundation Mapping (December 18, 2020) CM | 1
  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)